Excitement, teamwork, friendship...
...and a highly professional group of Juniors and Young Riders is what made Friday afternoon at the CS Ranch in Givrins special. The ranch is owned by legendary F1 champion Michael Schumacher and his wife, and the venue is nothing short of spectacular.
The temperatures soared and the crowds gathered in the shade of the refreshment tents to bolster themselves before the event got under way.
Opening the Championship for the younger riders was the Juniors competition. With a total score of 638.5 Team Italy slid to the highest step of the podium taking top honours and the gold medal.
Sealing the deal was 15-year-old Matteo Bolzano who rode High Point Reiner, a.k.a. ‘Ruffy’. The talented 7-year-old Quarter Horse gelding is the past 2015 NRHA Non Pro World Champion with Matteo’s father, Manuel, in the saddle. “Ruffy is the most consistent horse I have ever ridden and once again he proved how level-minded he is today,” said Manuel. “Seeing my son wear the gold medal along with his team is a feeling that cannot be described, especially as I know how much time, passion and work Matteo and his team mates put into this sport.”